Recognizing the Signs of TMJ

Do you experience pain in your jaw? Does that pain remain even when you don’t speak or chew for hours at a time? You might have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ.

TMJ occurs when the muscles that move your jaw become injured, strained, or otherwise dysfunctional. Your pain may come and go, but this condition could last for years.

You should take this condition very seriously because it won’t just go away. You don’t have to go through all this pain, and that’s why dental offices like our group of practices offer sophisticated treatments to help you end your suffering. Use this post to find out if you have TMJ. If you do have it, you should call your dentist right away.

Signs and Symptoms

If you have many or all of the symptoms below, you may have TMJ.

  • You experience pain in the face, jaw, neck, shoulders, and ears. You may only have pain in some of these places at the same time, but the pain will usually start in the jaw and progress from there.
  • You can’t open your mouth very wide.
  • Your jaws get stuck open or closed.
  • You can hear unhealthy popping or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth.
  • Your facial muscles constantly feel tired.
  • You have difficulty chewing.
  • You notice swelling around your jaw joint or along the sides of your face.
This condition doesn’t usually improve without the help of a dental specialist. Don’t hesitate to call your dental-care provider if you have the majority of these symptoms.


TMJ has many possible causes. We’ve listed some of the most common causes below:

  • You grind or clench your teeth when sleeping or working.
  • You’ve dislocated your jaw in an accident.
  • You have some form of arthritis, like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You’ve been under a lot of stress, so you hold your jaw in a tense position.
Don’t let TMJ add to the stress that you’re already feeling. We don’t want your quality of life to suffer just because you don’t think you have a serious condition. Let us help you find relief.

Contact Us!

If you think you have TMJ, then you need dental care. The specialists at our group of practices can help you with this condition. We’ll give you the treatment you need and the relief you deserve. Find one of our offices nearest you on this page. Call us to schedule an appointment today!


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